Paper Ghosts


Deep in America’s heartland, on a scorching July 4th weekend in 1981, an alarm went out––the massive farmhouse of an Ohio family was engulfed in flames. All four residents were found dead. But was it the fire that killed them? In season 2 of PAPER GHOSTS, investigative journalist and bestselling true crime author M. William Phelps' search for answers takes a turn after the discovery of declassified documents and a cache of never-before-heard audio tapes help expose the dark truth behind what happened 40 years ago.

Our Editor's Take

In the 1970s, four girls went missing in New England. No one was arrested. Fast forward to 1981, 4th of July weekend, an Ohio farmhouse burns to the ground, killing four. If you think these events that occurred ten years apart have nothing to do with each other, think again.

Paper Ghosts: Burned, hosted by M. William Phelps, is a podcast connecting the dots between a massive Ohio fire-turned-homicide case and the tragic disappearances of four young women from Connecticut.

Phelps is a bestselling author, investigative journalist, and host of this shocking true-crime podcast. He is more than connected through interest alone; he’s been actively exploring the investigation for over a decade. His walk-through of the investigation is linked to his personal experience covering the cases of these missing girls from his hometown. Throughout the podcast, Phelps recalls living through these crimes, witnessing a panicked community, and watching town members grow paranoid and suspicious of one another as the shock of these events occurred.

Paper Ghosts covers these vanishings, traces through the timeline, and discusses hot leads at the time that quickly turned cold—until a breakthrough sparked further investigation. In this gripping podcast from the iHeart Podcast Network, Phelps deconstructs everything the world thought they knew about this fire and the Connecticut disappearances—one declassified document at a time.

An absolute must-listen for true-crime devotees everywhere, Paper Ghosts gives listeners a front-row seat to the shocking discoveries that Phelps seamlessly orchestrates. Get ready for the suspense, chills, and breathlessness that only a true crime podcast could give you—with decades-long twists you won’t believe.

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